Hushovd runs down Jérémy Roy after a 30 km pursuit at the end of a mountain stage. Incroyable.
Stage 14 Plateau de Beille: Match racing
Summary: Jelle Vanendert won his first profession race and becomes the first Belgium to win a mountain stage in 30 years.
On the way, Jens crashes twice:
“I was good until I crashed TWICE on the descent of the Col d’Agnes! Oh my God! The first time I misjudged the corner and braked too fast. My back wheel started sliding. But the road was rough like sandpaper and you can imagine what happens when you put sandpaper to rubber! Boom! My tired exploded.”
“Suddenly I found myself climbing out of the bushes. After that, I tried to actually take it easy. But then my front wheel slid out on another turn and I was down again! Oh man, I just felt so stupid and useless! I was mad! I was mad at myself. I was mad at the world. I was mad!”
Cadel slips the Darth Vader mask back on and the GC club pulls away from the peloton:
Note that Cadel is clearly channelling the dark side, thumbing his nose at Euro-Pro conventions in having black socks AND black bar tape. No other rider has gone to such extreme limits and this more than anything says to me that Cadel is hungariest and prepared to do anything to win.
Stage 17 Norge Dominance Continues
Two Norwegian riders: 4 stage wins. 41 French riders: zero stage wins.
Edvald Boasson Hagen, heir to the Norwegian specialty ice-cream maufacturing dynasty, wins stage 17.
Cadel whittles another 27 seconds off Voeckler’s lead.
The adjusted GC top 10 after stage 17:
|10||Rigoberto Uran Uran||7:36|